A good understanding of strategic analysis and decision-making and the links between these and finance enables all managers at every level to make better strategic decisions and achieve improved performance. This interactive course has been designed to build on the theoretical framework by developing the practical tools and techniques for analyzing and evaluating strategic alternatives and making strategic financial decisions.
Develop strategic thinking, and use the strategic management process to develop missions and objectives and carry out strategic analysis and decision-making
Forecast financial data using various Excel models
Understand the structure of the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement, and analysis of the cash operating cycle, for improved financial performance, and better management of working capital and cash flow
Use the techniques of uncertainty analysis and risk analysis and develop appropriate risk management tools for insurance and hedging of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates.
Who Should Attend?
Financial officers and planners
Anyone interested and wanted to develop his performance in finance
Fundamentals of Strategic Planning
What is the strategy?
The strategic planning process
Strategic choice and strategic decision-making
Corporate objectives and accountability
Forecasting financial data
Fundamentals of Financial Statements
Alternative asset valuation methods
Cash flow statement
Common size (or horizontal) trend analysis of financial statements
Vertical trend analysis of financial statements
Segmental analysis of financial statements
Value-added analysis of financial statements
Understanding the cash flow cycle and the operating cycle
Break-even and multiple product break-even analysis
Capital Structure and Leverage
Sources of funds
Capital cost models
Cost of equity
Cost of debt
Weighted average cost of capital (WACC)
Can we determine a company’s optimal capital structure?
Capital structure models
Preparing projections to determine financing needs
Future values, present values, and DCF
Capital budgeting principles
Methods of evaluating capital investment projects
Accounting rate of return (ARR) and payback
Net present value (NPV) versus the internal rate of return (IRR)
How do you choose which method to use?
Equivalent annual cost (EAC) method
Capital budgeting methods
Capital asset pricing model (CAPM) versus arbitrage pricing theory (APT)
Does it make a difference whether we lease or buy?
Managing Financial Risks
The value of perfect information (VOPI)
Types of risk
Risk management principles
Talking to your bankers about managing risk
How to develop the tools for your company?
How to minimize risk?
Insurance and hedging
Interest rate and foreign currency exchange rate risk
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